Georgian sumo wrestler wins historic Emperor’s Cup in Japan
29 January, 2018
For the first time in the history of Sumo wrestling, a Georgian national has become the owner of the Emperor’s Cup. Levan Gorgadze, also known by his Japanese name Tochinoshin, won the title of the best Sumo wrestler last week. Georgian defeated Shōhazan of Japan and gained victory in the important match.
Levan Gorgadze

The previous European sumo wrestlers who won the Emperor’s Cup include Bulgarian Kotoshu Katsunori’s victory in 2008, and Estonian Baruto Kaito in 2012.

"This is the
greatest. I am extremely happy,” Tochinoshin, who improved his record at the tournament to 13 wins and one defeat, was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency.
Georgian defeated Shōhazan of Japan

In Japan's "Hatsu Bashu" Sumo tournament, Tochinoshin won 13 fights and was only defeated once. He still has another battle, however whether he wins or not will not affect the final result.

Tochinoshin won 13 fights

Tochinoshin is the 3rd European in history, who has been able to win the most prestigious Sumo tournament in the world.
The importance of the victory was underlined by president of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili:

I congratulate Levan Gorgadze on the victory with pride. He is the first Georgian and third Europe to earn the Emperor’s Cup, - President Giorgi Margvelashvili wrote on his Facebook page.
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili also congratulated Georgian Suomist on victory.

"Congratulations, Georgian Sumoist Levan Gorgadze has become the owner of the Emperor’s Cup in Japan! Levani is the first Georgian and 3rd European who managed to win this award. Congratulations, we are a proud of you!"- said the Prime Minister.
There is another Georgian in the Japanese Sumo league, but he plays in the lower league. Gagamaru (Teimuraz Jugeli) earned 7 wins and 7 losses.

Tochinoshin Tsuyoshi (born 13 October 1987 as Levan Gorgadze,) is a professional sumo wrestler from Mtskheta, Georgia. He is a member of the Kasugano stable and made his professional debut in March 2006. He reached the top makuuchi division just two years later in May 2008.
Emperpr's cup is handed over to Levan Gorgadze

He has eight special prizes, five for Fighting Spirit, two for Technique, and one for Outstanding Performance, as well as two kinboshi or gold stars for defeating yokozuna.

In January 2018 he took his first top-division yūshō (championship).

Video clip of Gorgadze’s victory

When the tournament is over, Toshinochin’s rank will be upgraded. Toshinochin is now maegashira, the title for wrestlers in the top division of sumo - Makuuchi division. He might receive the rank of ‘sekiwake’ or ‘yokozuna’, which are the champions at the top of the Makuuchi divisions.

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